No. 5 Duke 53, No. 24 Nebraska 45
Lindsey Moore’s memorable career at Nebraska ended with a
The senior point guard, part of the only two teams in
Cornhuskers’ history to reach the round of 16, missed 13 of her 18
field goal attempts as Nebraska lost to Duke 53-45 in the Norfolk
Regional on Sunday.
Duke will play top-seeded Notre Dame on Tuesday.
Moore also made the round of 16 as a freshman, but was at a loss
to explain the shooting woes.
”It wasn’t like I was doing anything different,” she said.
”They just weren’t falling.”
She wasn’t alone as scoring leader Jordan Hooper missed all
eight of her shots in the first half and finished 3 for 14 before
leaving with an ankle injury. No. 3 scorer Emily Cady was 2 for
When Hooper was helped off the court, the Cornhuskers trailed
”You’ve still got to have other players do some things,”
Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. ”I mean, we were still in the
ballgame. We still had a chance.”
Nebraska closed within 44-28 on Moore’s jumper in the lane with
3:53 left, but Duke quickly countered with seven of the next nine
points and held on to advance.
Yori couldn’t fault her defense at all.
”I would have taken 53,” she said of Duke’s point total. ”I
mean, giving up 53 against Duke when they average 75? We did a lot
of things right.”
Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Alexis Jones added 14 for the
Blue Devils (33-2).
The Cornhuskers (25-9) got 11 points from Moore, but shot 30.3
percent and hit just 3 of 24 3-point tries. Nebraska came in
averaging 6.4 3s and made eight last week in stunning Texas A&M
on its home floor.
Trailing 23-18 at halftime, Hooper hit a foul-line jumper 30
seconds into the second half, sparking an 8-4 run that got the
Cornhuskers within 27-26, but Duke responded with a 13-4 run.
Liston started it with a 3-pointer, and Haley Peters and Richa
Jackson each scored four in the run.
Moore’s basket got the Cornhuskers within 44-38 with 3:53 to
play, but Jones and Peters converted Nebraska turnovers with inside
After Katie Simon scored for Nebraska, two free throws each by
Liston and Jones extended the lead to 51-40 with 1:04 left and it
was all but over.
Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, finished
with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks, but missed 10 of
her 15 shots. Duke finished with 32.8 percent shooting (21 of
Duke, which trailed Oklahoma State by 13 on its home floor last
weekend before rallying to win by nine, made just four of its first
20 shots and trailed Nebraska 18-11 before turning it around. The
Blue Devils outscored the Cornhuskers 12-0 the last 5:46 of the
half, with Jones scoring seven.
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